I am not offering this list as any definitive “you should absolutely add this to your reading/listening/watching”. But I thought I would share with you all the resources I’ve been working through to gain a better understanding of the past, present, and future of us as a people, as Americans, and specifically of systematic, unwarranted, invisible white privilege.
We want to be the good guy. We have this instinctive moral imperative almost built into us that we have to be the good guy. But in order to do this, we’ve taught ourselves that there must be “bad guys” for our “goodness” to overcome.
Society doesn’t improve when the naysayers stand by and proclaim “I told you so.” It improves when, as a community, we decide that we’re better than the sum of our parts.
Sometimes we say the right things. We say “I forgive you” or will even convince ourselves we’ve forgiven someone who didn’t bother asking forgiveness. But in reality, we’ve filed it away somewhere, only to pull it out and use it against them the moment they wrong us one too many times.
When I was growing up, I hated hearing “because I said so”. It felt like a cop out answer when an adult didn’t really have any conviction behind what they said but they wanted it to happen anyway. It felt… lazy. And so I distinctly recall making the decision at a very young age to never tell someone “because I said so”.
The entirety of the biblical narrative is one of individuals being given the understanding of how to best honor and serve both the Creator and the Creation, those individuals deciding that they have a better idea of how to do those things, turning them into selfish pursuits, and then being extremely frustrated that the world […]
I’ve started riding a bike around the neighborhood a little bit these last few months. It’s been a good way to get some exercise, get out of the house, and has even become our twice daily routine to get my youngest to and from her school and avoid most of the traffic. So I’ve had […]
The truth of the scripture is truth whether we want to believe it or not. If God says this is who we are, then this is who we are. The invitation, or the calling, is to live like we believe it.
I’ve released a new eBook today: Advent for Grinches
Public confession Numero Dos: I find it very difficult to ask for or to receive help. This is for a number of reasons: 1) I am just socially awkward enough that having to explain whatever it is I need help with is often not worth the effort. 2) I don’t want to be a bother […]